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    Deep Dive into Indigenous Innovation 2024

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    Welcome to #TIF2024

    The Deep Dive into Indigenous Innovation is designed to celebrate and advance Indigenous Innovation. The program has been curated following feedback and input from the participants in the 2024 FNQ Indigenous Innovation roundtables, facilitated by the Indigenous Innovation Facilitator, Marc Harbrow and Destiny Dewis. 

    The day-long event brings together established and emerging Indigenous Innovators and Entrepreneurs to share, connect and collaborate on what it takes to operate, survive and thrive. We dive deep into learning about what’s out there in the Indigenous Business space, who is making progress and what more can be done.

    This event is suitable for Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesspeople and leaders who are interested in learning from expert First Nations people in the innovation and entrepreneurship space.

    Deep Dive into Indigenous Innovation 

    The program is bought to you by Deadly Innovations & KJR.

    Please see the Tropical Innovation Festival website for speaker bios 



    Facilitator / Speaker


    Registrations open 

    9am – 10am

    Registration, Networking and Coffee 

    The Hungry Pitcher | Bulmba – ja 


    Introduction, acknowledgement, and overview.

    Marc Harbrow | Harbrow Mentoring

    Destiny Dewis |Destiny Dewis 


    Culture, Confidence and Contribution Keynote

    Shelley Ware  | TV Personality


    Scaling culture, art and First Nations business through partnerships and opportunities

    Fireside chat with Melanie Hava in conversation with Leesa Watego


    Indigenous Rights and Intellectual Property in Innovation and Business

    Melanie Hava | Artist

    Matt McLeay | IP Australia

    Louisa Warren | CSIRO


    Networking break    


    Showcasing First Nations People and their innovation and businesses   

    3-minute pitches from attendees

    • 8 x pitches

    Facilitated by Rachael Barritt | Indigenous Datathon



    Including networking with Deadly Coders Youth Participants and tours through Vernon’s exhibition  


    Sport as a vehicle for leadership and success    

    Jarrod Harbrow | AFL Champion in conversation with Marc Harbrow    


    Addressing the digital divide

    Darryl Lyons | Rainstick

    Mark Pedersen | KJR

    Kirsty Davis  | Cape York Institute

    Facilitator – Duncan Kerslake


    Roundtable collaboration  

    Marc Harbrow | Harbrow Mentoring   


    Innovation in health and collaboration with First Nations Peoples and Communities

    Suzanne Andrews | Gurriny Yaelamucka

    Dr Samarra Toby | Native Academy of Space, Science and Innovation

    Rex O’Rourke | Torres and Cape HHS

    Drew Hammond | KJR


    Preparing today’s workforce for First Nations innovation of the future.



    Facilitated by Marc Harbrow | Harbrow Mentoring 


    Roundtable collaborations

    Marc Harbrow | Harbrow Mentoring


    Support for your First Nations business

    Duncan Kerslake | Deadly Innovations


    Dominique Lamb | Queensland Small Business Commissioner 

    Justin Jones | AusIndustry

    Facilitated by Destiny Dewis


    Innovation, Success and Future in First Nations Tourism

    Johnny Murrison | Jarramali

    Fraser Nai | Strait Experience



    Networking with ecosystem leaders, Indigenous Deep Dive and Science Entrepreneurs; Vernon Ah Khee Exhibition

    Bulmba-ja arts centre

    5pm – 7:30pm

    Innovation in Science Function and Networking 

    Bulmba-ja arts centre

    9.00 - 10.00am Registration and arrival tea & coffee

    10.00 - 11.30pm Acknowledgement of Country | Keynote | Panel and Fireside Chat Discussions

    12.15 - 1.00pm   Lunch (included in cost)

    1.00 - 4.30pm Round table with facilitated and open discussions | Panel and Fireside Chat Discussions

    4:30pm - Vernon Ah Khee Exhibition 

    For further information please contact 

    The full day program including catering is priced to be inclusive. Participants and invitees of the 2024 FNQ Indigenous Innovation roundtables are fully subsidised thanks to our sponsors. If you would like to attend, but the cost is restrictive, please email

    With thanks to our major partners Advance Queensland | Cairns Regional Council

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